Viader Winery Napa Valley
Very stylish and refined red wines are crafted at this small estate nestled in the foothills of Howell Mountain. Production is less than 5,000 cases a year. The vineyard is planted on well-drained volcanic soils and yields fruit of real depth and intensity. The Viader red is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc and is the mainstay of the winery. It is powerful, intense and supple with malolactic taking place in barrel and although there is close to 100% new wood, it is seamlessly integrated, refined and harmonious. Unusually the Cabernet Franc component is aged in Russian oak. The Petit Verdot V is a rare and impressively structured example of the variety, blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Rich, spicy dark berry fruit is interwoven with subtle hints of cedar and finely judged wood. The wine is dense, powerful and very ageworthy. The estate Syrah comes from both Barossa Valley and Hermitage clones, which provides both weight and structure. It is aged in 600-litre new puncheons so the oak is nicely restrained and the rich, exotic dark licorice and black pepper fruit is finely balanced by plush, supple tannins. The wine is beguiling young but expect it to add further complexity with 5 or 6 years’ cellaring. A Viader Black label red has also been added to the range. This is well priced (£F) and is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Malbec and Petite Sirah. The estate wines are very well complemented by an excellent dark-berry fruited Cabernet Franc and elegant red berry laden Tempranillo produced from other fruit sources as well, both wines taking the Dare label and a Dare Cabernet Sauvignon is also made as well as a rosé, Viader Dry which is mainly Cabernet Sauvignon. (DM)
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